Logotherapy and Leadership lessons from the Tibetans
Klasie is an Experiential Coach that specializes in personal development journeys to the Tibetan exile community in Dharamsala, India and to Everest Base Camp in Nepal. He works directly with the Tibetan government in exile and has taken almost 200 people on 18 separate journeys to India and Nepal over the past 4 years. He is associated with Unisa and lectures Logotherapy in the Department of Applied Psychology. Logotherapy was developed by Dr. Viktor Frankl and is a form of counseling towards greater meaning and purpose in life. Klasie is a qualified International Educator of Logotherapy and Director of the Viktor Frankl Institute of South Africa.
He has BComm (Marketing)(Hons) and MBL degrees and is a qualified Leadership and Executive Business Coach. He also studied Kinesiology and is a certified NLP practitioner. He’s married with 4 children, enjoys ultra long sporting events and has participated in many Iron Man and Cape Epic cycling events. He also does a bit of altitude climbing in the Himalayas from time to time. Before starting his current company Streetschool, he was the Chairman of the Johannesburg based advertising agency FCB.
The talk is a fusion of experiences with the Tibetan community & treks to Everest Base Camp, Logotherapy teachings (how to find meaning and purpose), and leadership lessons from the Tibetans. There are strong parallels between the philosophy of Logotherapy and that of Buddhist philosophy. The talk includes stories from participants (some as young as 12 years) plus case studies from monks who were tortured in Chinese jails and managed to escape from Tibet. Klasie was also in Nepal during the earthquake of 2015 and successfully guided a group to Base Camp despite the conditions. This in itself is a compelling story of courage, humility and spiritual development. The journeys are treated as experiential workshops and during the talk he will share some of the practical experiences. Klasie liaise directly with the Tibetan government in exile & the Office of HH the Dalai lama and has a deep insight into how one can find happiness despite suffering.